Monday, August 29, 2011

MUMBAI HIT BY HEAVY RAINFALL, DISCRETIONARY TRAVEL SHOULD BE DEFERRED FOR 10 DAYS

For those of you that have travel planned to Mumbai, I would suggest you defer discretionary travel to India's financial capital for AT LEAST 10 DAYS, considering that as of today commerce in some areas has been severely disrupted.

COMMENT: Mumbai has been hit very hard with non-stop rainfall since lashed virtually non-stop since Friday (August 26), with more heavy rain and high winds forecast over the next two days before the annual monsoon rainy season draws to a close next month.

Train service has also been severely affected, with the Central Railway only able to operate 10% of its 1,573 scheduled daily services.

Flooding is an annual hazard during the monsoon in Mumbai, particularly in low-lying areas, making roads in some parts impassable and reducing traffic to a standstill in others.

In 2005, more than 400 people died in Mumbai after a record level of rainfall. Neglected drainage and blocked waterways were blamed for contributing to the disaster.

For those of you who must travel, though, the city's domestic and international airports were not affected by the weather, although four outbound and two inbound flights from the southern city of Kochi were cancelled. It should be noted, though, that Kochi was shut down briefly after a Gulf Air-operated flight from Bahrain skidded off the runway onto muddy grassland as it landed today (August 29).


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